by D.J. Sylvis
Broadcasting. Roger Bragado-Fischer, Moonbase Theta. The date is August 25, 2098; 8:45 in the morning. Seventeen weeks before base shutdown.
Your reply to my previous message, “Rocket delay – border skirmishes affecting access to Alacântra launchpad,” with no further explanation, has caused a rising level of dismay here. The rocket itself, of course, is needed – we have moved the Helium-3 tanks back underground for the time being, though storage space is limited. But on an … emotional level, several crew members have friends and contacts in areas affected by the ongoing Rio – São Paolo enclave disputes. You should know from my personnel file that I hold Rio citizenship, and my husband resides there now. We await additional information, hopefully by the next satellite passby.
If the supply rocket has not yet launched, Wilder has requested some additional items for base repairs – five meters of reinforced vacuum jumper hose; three XR-sized air filters for laboratory use, we’re still clearing out the PIX-E experiment; and, I’m quoting, “As much duct tape as you can spare.” I’ve done a few shifts lately assisting Wilder on their rounds – the duct tape is an absolute must-have. What they do with tape and twist ties to a fusion reactor is both impressive and horrifying at the same time; I don’t know where we’d be without them. Actually, I do, and it would involve a lot less component molecules than any of us are comfortable with.
I’d also ask that you place my positive endorsement in their file. I know Security has ongoing concerns about the trustworthiness of enhanced persons; that prejudice needs to be eradicated.
Particularly as our Security representative has been less than circumspect of late. I know you’ll have received a report on the incident, but as I was also in the quarters where they were discovered … I’d like to corroborate. I won’t go into details … but it was definitely not their private space or their private time, but the activities exposed were … very private indeed. While both are responsible for the incident, I feel that Security has an extra duty to exercise discretion.
I’m sorry, let me find my place. Rocket delay, Rio, base repairs, the Michell-Nessa thing … oh. In response to my report on discovered contraband, I was asked to provide details connecting names to the illicit items listed. At the time we didn’t log that information. It had not been requested, and at this date, I’m afraid my memory fails.
Base operations – all levels are staying within levels. HE-3 is at, umm, 32%, this is our storage, not the tanks for retrieval. Water is back up to 70% and stable. Power supply is optimal, fully on local panels until we go dark later in the week. Food stores are still adequate, though the requests submitted previously remain outstanding … until rocket arrival.
Please … provide further details at the highest priority, both on the rocket schedule and the current situation that is causing the delays. I will monitor for updates.
Personal message following to my husband: Please write back as soon as this is delivered. I don’t know what’s going on there, and … A few words are enough, just tell me you’re okay. I love you. Stay safe. Castor and Pollux, safe. All of you, safe. I love you.
Moonbase Theta, out.